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FS 2004 files...I'm amazed!

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I've been using FSX since the day it came out. I've used every version of FS for the past 14 years or so. I'm still amazed as to how long FS2004 is "hanging on". I don't remember this slow a transition to a new FS EVER! I know many have issues with FSX's frames and demands, but honestly, I wouldn't go back for anything. The scenery, the flight dynamics, the traffic, and the overall experience with FSX, for me, is a beauty to behold. Yes, I've had tweaking and various problems, but with many on this forum and others, we work together to move into the future of flight simulation. We HAVE to! We can never get to "as real as it gets" unless we all work together. But who am I to say? If 2004 rocks your boat, then continue with it. I've just never seen such a reluctance to get to the next level. I would love to have the power of so many simmers who are still on the FS2004 bandwagon working with us to make the new FSX better. Again, I'm not judging anyone, but I am truly amazed!

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Three issues Stan. Hardware requirements, issues with both RTM and SP1, and Vista/DX10. I've never doubted that a significant percentage of "the community" (which is probably no more that 5% of the total users) don't care all that much about added eye-candy, or are tired of upgrading hardware while chasing the Framerate Grail, or aren't going to jump on the Vista/DX10 bandwagon any time soon (or any combination of these factors). I'm not amazed at all. Not even surprised. I wonder how Joe Average and the kids are doing......Doug

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Just about as much reluctance as people with XP to transition to Vista. If it ain't broke, don't fix it mentality. I mean XP and FS2004 run hellava lot better than my FSX and Vista.

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Wellllll..Yes and no.I also have had FS since the old 5" floppy days. Afraid I have lost track of the years, but I know I beat you. I have lived in my present location for 17 years and had FS for quite some time before that in Houston.I agree that FSX has much to offer, but has had more liabilities than any other version to date as well. I have been fortunate enough to miss some of them, like activation problems. At this stage, I still see potential and promise more than I do present reality.Just now, the cream is making its first appearance IMHO. (i.e. iFly 747-400, LDS767, Ultimate Traffic, Ultimate Terrain etc.etc.) Relatively speaking, we still have a long way to go. I still fly FS9 as well thanks to an appetite for the Eaglesoft Citation X, Gulfsteam V, Dassault Falcon, and others, probably most of all, FSNAV. I still use FSNAV to originate most of my flighplans, including for FSX the hard way.In addition, the growing pains for FSX have been gigantic IMHO. I will conclude my post on starting over shortly thanks primarily to blurries. You may or may not want to take a peek at it.Concerning Vista and DX10. I doubt that I will ever purchase Vista. If I do, it will be only for FlightSin purposes after testimony of great things it does for the program (which I doubt). Whether DX10 will have any application for XPPro is still somewhat doubtful I assume, but I am hoping. In any case, it will take a bit of convincing before I go that route, particularly as many hardware manufacturers have stated that they WILL NOT upgrade drivers for Vista. No way am I going to ditch my present Laser printers and Scanner and buy new ones just for Vista.To each his own. I fly FSX, but I will also continue to fly FS9, probably for some time to come. I am not surprised at all relative to the slow evolution. In fact, I have regressed some thanks to frustration. I'll bet I am not alone.Respectfully:RTH

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I think you will see the majority convert over in the first 6 months of 2008. By this time we will have SP2 for FSX, SP1 for Vista, new generation of processors from Intel & AMD and I am guessing a number of significant addon releases as well(PMDG, SSTSIM, etc.). Hopefully all of this gets the performance to an acceptable level so we can put the transition issues behind us and get on with flying. Personally I am in this camp...no point in upgrading hardware only to have marginal results and have to do it all over again. I am happy to wait it out with a perfectly functional FS9 until the dust settles.Mark.

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>who are still on the FS2004 bandwagon working with us to make>the new FSX better. >>Again, I'm not judging anyone, but I am truly amazed!>> Yep indeed the choice of sim is FSX as main sim far better in all ariasbut still waiting for the addon stuff to catchup mainly addon airports and aircraft...Cheers,Andr

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Arias? Yeah, FSX sure is good if you want to improve your vocal abilities. Especially concerning the art of cursing. ;-pOh wait, also if you want to practice songs like, "Why do birds suddenly appear"... ;-DFar better in all areas? That's a whole nother story. Frankly, FS2004 is not hanging on, it's here to stay for quite a while yet. Personally speaking, at least until FSXI. But it would have to be real improvement, not just the superficial stuff... (Although there is a bit more to FSX, but not too much.)It's not hardware, Vista, DX10. People have spent hundreds if not thousands on computers and add-ons. Some part with that like that, others have had it with that whole process (not just flight simming, but Vista as well, I mean, XP works fine, doesn't it?). And there's just not one good reason in FSX for me to upgrade. But that is just me, although I have an inkling that it isn't just me.If anything, I think there's a bit of a migration back to FS9. I'm amazed at how many downloads some of my files get. Such as this one, I mean, come one... ;-D

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I reluctantly converted to FSX but my 2ghz AMD was too marginal. I was not going to spend lots of money now for more hardware with more changes to FSX on the horizon. So I took a cheapy route and bought a motherboard that allowed me to use the new Core2Duo and still retain my AGP and DDR ram (ASrock 4VSTA $70). The processor value curve seemed to have a good peak with the e4400 2ghz CPU($134). I modestly over-clocked to 2.6 ghz. No, it does not give me water-cooled Quad performance in FSX. However, I can now add dense Autogen and still have 24fps. If I reduce the Autogen I can use some AI as well. Customers of Microsoft had to spend lots of money to come close to a satisfactory sliders right system. However, it did not end there when they are faced with buying a new OS (vista) to go to the next level. To get to that level many will be forced to buy a new video card. Perhaps more ram and a new motherboard will be needed. Then a new power supply may be on the credit card as well. Once at this new DX10 vista level will the customer be at the end. Who knows. I would not put the credit card back in the wallet. FSX was poorly conceived when Microsoft forced the programmers to extend the software well beyond the PCs of many potential customers. I am sure they would have liked to have produced a full featured but far more "gentle" program. FSX is a little debacle but Vista is a big one. Unfortunately, FS customers are faced with both.Regards,Dick BoleyA PC, an LCD, speakers, CH yoke

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Unfortunately I think most people do not believe FSX to be a step forward like the original poster seems so convinced about. FS2004 will hang on for a long, long time and I think FSX will be leapfrogged. Microsoft seemed to think FS9 was a dead horse. They were obviously wrong.

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FSX is,well boring.I deleted fs9 along with $1000 in addons.Custom built a computer,$$ was no object.And other than looking at Active Skys pretty clouds and watching cars run around like they are driven by the Tree Stooges, Im BORED.Unless contantly tweeking is what you find as enjoyment, theres not a lot to do.Ohh yeah, the scripted missions. ooooooHHHHHH.Theres no headroom in this sim to do anything.I currently use FSX for my helicopter sim. PERIOD.There is just SO MUCH MORE available for FS9.

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Guys-can we keep this from turning into another of "those" threads?There are people here who obviously enjoy fsx and don't use fs2004 anymore(myself included) , and there are those who do not.That is why we have a fsx forum and a fs2004 forum.I don't think it is necessary to rehash the reasons those who enjoy it do, and the reasons those who don't enjoy it don't.http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/rxp-pilot.jpgForum Moderatorhttp://geofageofa.spaces.live.com/

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>Microsoft seemed to think FS9 was a dead horse. They were>obviously wrong. >>What would make you think that?

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Yep transition has been slow. FS9 is still king of commercial flying right now with me. High AI, payware airports, FSNavigator, UT, payware commercial planes with good framerates, etc. - it's still a winning combination.

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